Describe the speaker, tone, and mood of the poem "Piano" by D. H. Lawrence.i need to know every hting because i have to write it in a essay form

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The speaker of this poem does not identify himself, but we know that he is male, and he is old enough that the childhood he is remembering in this poem is in the past. The speaker is stirred by a woman "singing to me," which seems to spark a memory in him—he feels the singing "taking me back down the vista of the years" to his childhood.

The motif of music is what connects the present day to the memory. Note that the word piano itself means "softly," just as the woman is singing "softly." The mood of the poem, too, is soft; its tone is nostalgic, with the speaker saying, "the heart of me weeps to belong / To the old Sunday evenings at home, with winter outside." This remembered "home" is defined, for the speaker, by its music: the "hymns in the cosy parlour," "the tinkling piano," and the "boom of the tingling strings" when the speaker sat, as a child, beneath a piano played by his mother. These sensory, auditory details help create the evocative mood of the piece: we feel the "boom" of the piano strings and hear the "tinkling" piano, the words almost onomatopoeiac.

In the final stanza, the speaker identifies a disconnect between the "clamour" of the singer, back in his present day, the softness of the song, and the memories, which came before. "It is vain" for the singer to try to break him from his reverie with "the great black piano appassionato." The speaker is too lost in his wistful, pensive nostalgia, with the memory of his childhood having almost a magical hold over him, a "glamour":

The glamour
Of childish days is upon me, my manhood is cast
Down in the flood of remembrance, I weep like a child for the past.
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Piano, means softly, in musical vocabulary.

The poem “Piano” by Lawrence isn’t a perfect poem by any means. The strained juxtaposition of clamor and glamor indicates a discomfortness for finding rhyming words. Still, glamor is an accurate word in its context: the mature man knows that the child’s eyes endowed the past with an illusory beauty.

The quality of Lawrence’s poem may be seen in the specificity of its detail: “the boom of the tingling strings,” “the small, poised feet.” Lawrence enters into the child’s perspective, while able to criticize it from outside. The speaker is resisting his urge to cry, as the connotations of his words indicate (the song is insidious, it betrays). But at last he is unable to hold back his tears and, sensibly, yields to them.

The subject of “Piano,” is a stock source for poems. Yet the
poem strikes us with something fresh. Its language is vivid, unconventional; its words insidious and betrays add a coiled spring effect; it sets up an energetic tension between present and past.

The tone is soft reminiscing with a tense mood.